What the California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP) can do for you:
- Calculate your crop's nitrogen needs with Nitrogen calculator
and input orchard boundaries with Mapping tool
The Nitrogen Calculator uses models developed by UC Davis plant scientist Dr. Patrick Brown and colleagues to predict how much nitrogen to apply and when to apply it to meet yield-based demand. To use this tool, growers enter their yield estimates pre- and post-bloom, and then add early-season tissue-sampling results. Using the nitrogen calculator can also satisfy all of the Nitrogen Management Plan reporting requirements of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP).
to automatically meet regulatory reporting requirements for the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP).
The mapping tool allows users to draw boundaries of their fields and enter APNs (assessor's parcel numbers), and then drop pins to plot the locations of active or abandoned wells or observation wells, as well as discharge points and any other feature the grower wishes to record. Once the map is developed, users can create a map report that is required as Part D of the ILRP farm evaluation plan, and is also required to have on file for your Nitrogen Management Plan. These two tools are integrated so the information does not have to be entered twice.
For growers who have fields in multiple coalitions, which may have different reporting requirements, both the mapping tool and the nitrogen calculator allow the user to enter the name of the coalition and create separate reports for each coalition.
- Calculate your orchard's irrigation schedules with Irrigation calculator.
The irrigation calculator is a popular tool for those who haven't invested in complex irrigation monitoring and reporting systems. It uses the latest UC research, and recommends the amount and timing of water to be applied to almond orchards based on evapotranspiration (ET).
Using active CIMIS stations, spatial CIMIS and historical climatic zones, the calculator can show both past and forecasted water demand for a whole season.
To use the calculator, growers enter information about their orchard, such as row and tree spacing, soil texture, root depth, etc., as well as some basic information about the irrigation setup for each field or block. Once entered, the calculator will update the weather information and calculate the run time for that system, as defined, that it would take to replace the water lost as calculated by ETc for that week.
- Help you identify and implement practices that care for your bottom line and the environment.
- Protect your right to farm by compiling grower reported data to tell the industry's sustainability story.
- Evaluate how your practices compare with those used across the industry and learn about innovative new practices.
- Show regulators that sustainability in almond production isn't the exception - it's the rule.
- Help you take advantage of marketable statistics to attract buyers who increasingly desire sustainable products.
Are you ready to use these educational and hands-on tools, or complete self-assessment modules? Please create an account.